Antonio Brown joins Raiders in Alameda with helmet in hand

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. ALAMEDA — The saga involving Antonio Brown and his choice of helmet reached another stage Tuesday as coach Jon Gruden said his marquee receiver wore a helmet and was a full participant in the Raiders’ practice at their East Bay headquarters.Brown was on the field well before 11 a.m. when stretches began. He left the field to briefly enter the team’s fieldhouse, but came back right before the stretching period …last_img

What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property Around the World

first_imgRelated Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#international#start center_img jeffrey shieh How to Get Started in China and Have Success Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. The Start-Up Genome Project, which aims to map, model and analyze what makes start-ups tick, identified IP as a top source of competitive advantage for start-ups. But start-ups face significant challenges in acquiring, maintaining and enforcing their intellectual property.Guest author Jeffrey Shieh is a Senior Patent Attorney at inovia, a foreign filing technology platform provider. He is responsible for counseling the company and its clients in all facets of the international patent process. Prior to joining inovia, Shieh was a patent attorney at the law firms of Cooper & Dunham LLP and Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.We hear a lot in the news about patent wars among the tech giants – Nokia vs. Google, Apple’s lawsuits in China, and Facebook vs. Yahoo! International patent protection is clearly a key component to defensive and offensive competitive strategies within large, global organizations. But what about smaller technology players and early stage start-ups that don’t have the resources to hire full-time, international law firms? For cash-strapped start-ups, the cost to file international patents to protect their innovations is often too complex and too costly. This leaves them exposed to competition in other markets and may have a serious impact on their ability to scale long-term.What can start-ups do to protect their innovations and IP on the world stage during the four lifecycle stages identified by the Start-Up Genome Project: Discovery, validation, efficiency and scale?Discovery and ValidationThe first step is to think globally and act locally. Start-ups should begin by applying for a domestic patent. This will give them an exclusive right to their invention for a set period of time and afford them the opportunity to formulate an international patent filing plan. Because patents are country-specific and are limited to the borders of the issuing country, start-ups need to take a hard look at their financials and come up with a strategy and budget for entering select countries. They also need to keep in mind that after filing for a U.S. patent, there is a limited timeframe available for applying for international patent protection. The worst case scenario would be for a start-up to forgo international patent protection and later realize that it isn’t able to protect their its invention against infringers in other markets.So while a start-up may operate only in the U.S. today, if there’s a chance that it may somedayt manufacture in Asia, sell in Europe, or compete with a company in Australia, it must act now.EfficiencyDon’t be discouraged. There are several best practices to foreign patent strategies and obtaining broader patent protection while minimizing costs.First, start-ups should consider filing a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application instead of filing direct via the Paris Convention. The PCT provides a unified procedure for filing into the 146 member countries and offers a more cost-effective route if filing into more than just one or two countries. The PCT also offers the advantage of time. After the PCT application is filed, the applicant has up to 18 months before filing into the individual countries where protection is sought (“national stage entry”), providing a start-up with time to refine the invention, research its markets and look for licensees or buyers.Second, start-ups should select their countries intelligently. Start-ups need to know where their inventions will potentially be sold and where they can be made in the future. Start-ups can then prioritize the countries they want to file into. Additionally, start-ups should know whether a country has patent laws affecting their technology. For example, some countries prohibit the patenting of methods of treatment on human or animal subjects. Other countries make it very difficult to patent business methods or software. For these jurisdictions, start-ups may need to draft the claims in their application specifically to overcome these obstacles.Third, start-ups must ace the patent application process. With a basic background understanding of the process, start-ups can reduce their filing costs. Knowing when deadlines are approaching and making sure to provide instructions in advance will help applicants avoid unnecessary time extensions or rush charges. Some jurisdictions (including Europe) charge excess claims fees for each claim included in an application over a certain number. If start-ups can reduce their claims, they can avoid or reduce these fees.Finally, start-ups should explore their options for either bringing IP tasks in house or outsourcing them. Depending on the amount of work a start-up has in its patent portfolio, it may be cost effective to pay the salary for an in-house patent attorney, rather than retain outside counsel. Outsourcing certain services, such as foreign filing or annuity payments, can also help reduce legal fees.Start-ups must make sure to research their options for foreign filing and run cost comparisons. Many steps of the foreign filing process, such as PCT national stage filing and European validation, are largely administrative and can easily be outsourced. Specialist foreign filing providers can often offer time and cost savings.ScaleStart-ups raise the most funds during stage 4 of their lifecycle: Scale. In this stage, start-ups try to drive growth aggressively and maximize their profits. For many, the key at this stage is their ability to grow in international markets – which could depend on their international patent protection.Even thought they may be strapped for cash, startups must think long term and protect the future of their business by securing both domestic and international patent protection. They must intelligently weigh large, known upfront costs against an unknown benefit down the road – and that’s a scary prospect. But by employing a few simple best practices, start-ups can maximize their patent protection, cut costs and future-proof their innovations.last_img read more

Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Already assured of the silver medal, Delarmino will engage in the most lucrative fight of his career yet in the men’s -57kg finals against Chotichanin Kokkrachai of Thailand, the country where the full-contact sport originated.“I will stick to our strategy of staying aggressive throughout,” said the 26-year-old Delarmino, whose claim to fame were a pair of silver finishes in the 2014 Asian Beach Games and 2013 Burma Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He (Kokkrachai) is more of a technical fighter but we will not fight on his terms. We would rather be assertive and throw everything we have,” said muay coach Billy Alumno.More than the P2-million cash incentive that Delarmino can receive from the Philippine Sports Commission, beating Kokkrachai for the gold medal will jack up the Philippine medal tally of two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. To beat the highly favored Thai, Delarmino will need the same combative approach that propelled him to take all three rounds against Bayramdurdyyew, 30-27, Wednesday evening.On attack mode right from the start, Delarmino tagged his rival with a jarring right to the chin that floored the Turkmen 20 seconds into the first round.Taekwondo jin Francis Agojo, wrestler Jefferson Manatad and kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas settled for bronze medals after bowing to their respective opponents in the semifinals.Agojo fell to 17-year-old Jang Jun of South Korea, 12-37, in the men’s -58kg finale while jins Christian Al Dela Cruz (men’s -80kg) and Rheza Aragon (women’s -49kg) were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Following his stunning victory over Muhammetmyrat Gurbanow of Turkmenistan in the quarterfinals, Manatad saw his win streak end after a 5-0 defeat against Aidos Kulmanbetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s belt wrestling classic style -80kg category.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READcenter_img Cielo seals golden treble; Adeline still unbeatable ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Philippine bet Phillip Delarmino throws the jarring right that floored Bayramdurdyyew in the first round. —JUNE NAVARROASHGABAT—Phillip Delarmino knows that an aggressive mind-set could change the complexion of the fight regardless of the odds.Using his tested ploy, the muay fighter from Iloilo City hurdled Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of host Turkmenistan in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here and silenced his foe’s sea of frenetic supporters to progress to the gold-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Australia vs Zimbabwe: Johnson claims four as Aussies win by 91 runs

first_imgAustralia batsmen were a disappointment on the day but the bowlers more than made up for that as they beat Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their World Cup match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera on Monday. ScoreElecting to bat the Aussies put on a not so impressive 262/6 on board in their 50 overs thanks to a good line bowled by the Zimbabwean bowlers. Yet the score proved too much for them as their batting line-up folded on 171 in the 47th over.The Aussies struck early in the fifth over with experienced paceman Brett Lee claiming opener Charles Coventry on 14. A short of length ball saw the batsman go for a big one but a top edge was well taken by Lee. Zimbabwe go down to 22/1 in 6th over.Soon their second wicket fell with Mitchell Johnson claiming Tatenda Taibu with an away moving ball that took the top edge of Taibu’s bat and Cameron White took a fine catch in the first slip. He fell for 7 and Zimbabwe to 40-2 in the 11th over.Soon two more wicket fell and Zimbabwe were looking down the barrel. Captain Elton Chigumbura too could not do much as spinner Jason Krejza claimed him on 14. Zimbabwe slumped to 88/5 and the Aussies continued to build up the pressure.Two more wickets fell and the tail appeared. The tail did the proverbial wagging with Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer (37) putting on 49 runs for the eight wicket before Utseya fell to David Hussey on 24.It wasn’t tough for the Aussies from here on as their bowlers wrapped up the innings with incisive bowling. Zimbabwe could only manage to put 171 on board.advertisementAustralia inningsImpressive bowling performance by Zimbabwe bowlers saw them restrict Australia to 262/6 in 50 overs.Early in the innings, Prosper Utseya got the better of opener Brad Haddin with a turner that pitched on the off and came in gently to strike against his pads. He was adjudged LBW but only after Zimbabwe using the referral. Australia were 61/1 at the stage.Another decision review and another wicket fell. This time the other opener Shane Watson walked back. Leg spinner Graeme Cremer tossed up on the middle and off, the ball hit the pads and the Zimbabweans appealed, but it was turned down by the umpire Kettleborough, who thought it was on the rise and would have gone above the stumps. But, the reviews revealed otherwise and Watson fell on 79 as Aussies went down to 140/2 in 31.2 overs.The Zimbabweans had the last laugh there. But there was more to follow as soon skipper Ponting (28) too departed with a run out written against his initials. Australia were 144/3 at the stage. But the plight was far from over for the Aussies as soon Cameron White too fell on a meagre total of 22. A Chris Mpofu delivery took the bottom edge of his bat to strike against the stumps. Australia slumped to 207/4 on the last ball of the 45th over.The kind of dismissals the Zimbabweans were accounting for clearly indicated that they were bowling a very good line on Monday. Next it was pinch-hitter David Hussey to get a taste of their impressive bowling. A straight ball by Raymond Price bowled with precision and pace cleaned bowled Hussey on 14 as Aussies went down to 241/5 in 48.1 overs.Steven Smith was the last wicket to fall from the Aussie camp as their batsmen put 262/6 on board with Michael Clarke (58) and Mitchell Johnson (11) remaining not out at the end of the 50th over.last_img read more

Transport Ministry to Partner with TEF on Road Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be partnering with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to undertake two infrastructure projects during this financial year.Making the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on June 5, State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said one project will involve the installation of light-emitting diode(LED) street lighting along the elegant corridor in Montego Bay, St. James.[RELATED: Additional River Training Along Yallahs River]“The second project involves the Ministry partnering with the TEF on the design and construction of 6.25 kilometres of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland,” he said.Mr. Azan said this project will complement the 1.5 kilometres of shared used path being funded under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)/Government of Jamaica Road Improvement Programme,” he said.Turning to other matters, he said that efforts are being made to improve the working relationship between the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC), citing the signing of an agreement by the two agencies late April.“The NWA and the NWC restored their close partnership with the signing of a two-year contract, which will see the NWA reinstating roadways excavated to facilitate NWC works. This agreement represents a fundamental shift in the working relationship between these two agencies,” he stated.Mr. Azan said it is expected that this arrangement will result in increased work productivity and efficiencies going forward, adding that the Ministry plans to identify areas and other public agencies where similar agreements can be fashioned to allow for greater synergies.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more